“Now, you could even argue whether being a Muslim is actually a religion”

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The words were spoken recently by Ron Ramsey, Tennessee’s lieutentant governor and a man running for governor of the state.

He was referring to the potential expansion of a mosque in the town of Murfressboro. Ramsey is opposed to the idea, because, well, he has to be opposed to it. He’s a far-right Republican being endorsed by the Tea Party. What other choice does he have?

Sad.

The other day my daughter performed in her camp musical gala. Her group grooved to Neil Diamond’s America. The entire song is about the beauty and appeal of the United States—how people of all walks of life strive to come here and live the dream. It’s a lovely thought, but in 2010 why would anyone (who’s not a right-leaning conservative with xenophobic leanings) want to come to America? We’re quickly becoming a nation that welcomes nobody; that caters to the worst of our own fears and has yet to even remotely recover from the aftermath of 9.11. Instead of extending our arms, we slam the door on anyone who seems … different … strange … out there. For the Tea Partiers and their ilk, that means (sadly) anyone who isn’t Christian; anyone who doesn’t have white skin; anyone who speaks a different language. It’s an ugly scene and an ugly world, and I’m getting tired of dealing with it.

I love America, but I loathe what America is becoming.

10 thoughts on ““Now, you could even argue whether being a Muslim is actually a religion””

  1. I jot down words about politics, jab them into peoples eyes and earn a small stipend, so small…so unbelievably small…

    I’m considering burning my laptop and running off into the woods. I can’t take it anymore. Now Congress is taking a 6 week vacation, which is I believe their 4th break of more then a week in the last 4 months. Things like that are causing me to randomly make a yelling sound. We are plagued by problems and honestly Barack Obama killed hope, he murdered idealism because he made one thousand promises he couldn’t keep. I don’t mind the effort, don’t mind the man, he’s been stifled by a Republican party that lost its ever loving minds the exact second he was elected, just went into overload. But still don’t promise me steak and take me to Applebees man.

    Its just so amazingly frustrating, so Jeff I completely know where your coming from. I tweeted this yesterday, and I cant believe I’m quoting a twit…We don’t laugh off the crazy *stuff* anymore, we don’t write people off as lunatics…we need to at least restore the sanity litmus test. Once there was a time Ron Ramsey would be laughed out of the room, now he sits at the table.

    Sorry about all the pollution.

  2. “I love America, but I loathe what America is becoming.”

    Guys like Ramsey aren’t a new development, they’ve always been with us. At various points of the last century, they didn’t want to share the lunch counter with a Black Man, allow Females to vote, or go to war with the Germans over their persecution of Jewish People.

    The good news is that demographic changes are rendering them nationally irrelevant.

  3. Steve702,

    With full respect I ask, are they really becoming nationally irrelevant? With my ear to the ground I hear more rumbles, I see America’s great surplus of anger converted to hatred. Guys like Ramsey are grabbing the horns of a Republican party that once charged toward the middle to court moderates. Now those moderates are being flung out of the party like well thrust javelin. Conservative purity is in, and Ramsey is as pure as they come in that respect.

  4. Quick edit for you, Jeff. It’s Murfreesboro, please, not Murfressboro. I would know. I live here. 🙂

    I am completely embarrassed about all of the hubbub about the mosque being built here. I am so, so embarrassed. Argh, it’s tough being a liberal in the South.

  5. Jason Tab,
    I probably could have used a different term than “nationally irrelevant”, as their cable news and talk radio presence is formidable.

    I was referring more to their national prospects in the face of an ethnically changing America. Keep ailenating everyone but White Christians and you will eventually run out of voters in big states.

  6. Steve,

    I don’t think the Tea Party movement will have a long life but I think they will see success in 2010, possibly in 2012. When the anger that was spawned by fear turns to outrage and once again seeks hope the tea party will subside.

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